ALA Center for Civic Life Announces The Conversation Continues:
Hosting Public Issues Forums @ your library
The Place Where Democracy Happens
Learn to convene and moderate community discussions in 4 free monthly online workshops presented through ProgrammingLibrarian.org with support from the ALA Cultural Communities Fund.
An Introduction to Convening Forums @ your library
Tuesday, February 28, 4:00-5:00 EST; 3:00 – 4:00 CST; 1:00 – 2:00 PST
Speakers and Topics
Why Now and Why Libraries?
Nancy Kranich, Chair, ALA Center for Civic Life Advisory Committee
What is Deliberation?
Patty Dineen, Public Engagement Consultant/Contributing Editor, National Issues Forums Institute Website
Success Stories from the Field
Carolyn Caywood, Convener, Virginia Beach Public Library Forums and Fellow of the Hampton Roads Center for Civic Engagement
Public deliberation is a process used to engage contentious, difficult issues from diverse perspectives. This session will provide an introduction to deliberative conversations that public, academic, and school libraries are convening and how these discussions are repositioning libraries in their communities.
Moderating Forums @ your library–Nuts and Bolts
Tuesday, March 27, 4:00-5:00 EST; 3:00 – 4:00 CST; 1:00 – 2:00 PST
Practicing Moderating @ your library
Tuesday, April 24, 4:00-5:00 EST; 3:00 – 4:00 CST; 1:00 – 2:00 PST
Convening Forums @ your library–Nuts and Bolts
Tuesday, May 22, 4:00-5:00 EST; 3:00 – 4:00 CST; 1:00 – 2:00 PST
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The American Library Association’s Center for Civic Life, launched in 2010 with the Kettering Foundation, promotes community engagement and fosters public deliberation through libraries. The Center is building the capacity of libraries and librarians to help citizens engage in the civic life of their communities.